It's Not a Disease; It's a State of Mind

Spring Fever

By Durk Pearson and Sandy Shaw

ow that the cold and flu season is behind you, you face the challenges of the dreaded spring fever season. It's a beautiful bright warm spring afternoon, and instead of getting your work done so you can go out and play before it gets cold and dark again, you are drowsing off in your swivel chair. You've (sort of) read the same page twice, but you are so, well, spring fevered that you don't remember much, and really don't feel like trying very hard. What's going on here?

Spring fever is not caused by a virus or bacteria, and you are not suddenly contracting Alzheimer's - spring fever is not a disease, it's a state of mind. What sort of a state of mind might spring fever be? And what, psychobiochemically is "a state of mind"? From our own subjective experiences, and some elementary knowledge of how brain biochemistry works, we can make some plausible suggestions.

Every thought, every memory, every emotion, even the will to move a muscle is caused by the release of neurotransmitters in your brain.

Neurotransmitters are not drugs. They are natural substances made from nutrients by neurons in your brain. Neurotransmitters transmit information from one neuron to another, which is why they are called neurotransmitters.

Noradrenaline, a neurotransmitter, plays an important role in brain processes for fast memory recall, reaction time, mental energy, alertness, attention, and goal seeking. It is your brain's version of adrenaline.

When the days get warmer, brighter, and longer, you may get up earlier, but continue to go to bed at about the same time, so you may have less time to manufacture and store noradrenaline during our sleep, and have a longer day during which to expend it.

Every time you step out of doors into the cold, brisk winter air (like a splash of cold water to your face), you release a refreshing wake-up call, a pulse of noradrenaline. That doesn't happen on a balmy spring day. In fact, warmth tends to promote sleepiness, at least in part, because warmth inhibits the release of noradrenaline.

Over the years, we have developed a family of products for our own personal use based on a simple idea; to provide our brains with nutrient raw materials to manufacture neurotransmitters, such as noradrenaline.

Using metabolic pathway charts that showed us (like a highway map) different routes that nutrients can take when used by our brains and bodies, we engineered appropriate systems of nutrients for our brains. These really are brain foods, and they are the essential core of our personal program.

Each of these formulations contains essential nutrients that your brain can use to make noradrenaline: the essential nutrient amino acid L-phenylalanine, and the necessary enzyme co-factors vitamin B6, vitamin C, copper, and folic acid.

For a synergistic lift, some supplements contain caffeine.

Some also contain 280 mg of the healthful free radical scavenging green tea polyphenol phytoantioxidants, which seem to help promote a feeling of alert well-being. This is about as much as two cups of fresh brewed green tea. Hundreds of scientific papers have been published about the possible health benefits of green tea and its antioxidant polyphenols.

Drink such a formulation as soon as you get up. Drink a second serving about an hour before lunch. Drink a third serving in the mid-afternoon (or take the convenient capsules). Choose your formula by how hard you will be working or playing, how much caffeine you prefer (zero, cola levels, or coffee levels), and whether you want green tea polyphenol antioxidants.

Rise and shine, you sleepyheads, and ascend to greater heights and see what happens!

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